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Today the government is announcing which streets & suburbs are being 'written off', because of the earthquakes... My parents and I both live in suburbs which are potential write offs, so it's a very nervous time... Out and about today there was such a weird atmosphere in my suburb, you could pretty much see that everyone was wondering what the heck life has in store for them after today... The announcement is made in just under 3 hours... I don't know that MY particular street will be written off, but I think the one that backs onto my property will be, as will probably be the street that runs along the bottom of mine. Heck... seeing how close I am to all that though, maybe we WILL be gone too....
Last edited by Gaby&Emmy'sMama; June 23rd, 2011 at 02:47 PM.
They've split the city into 4 zones - red, orange, green and white... red is the land that can't be rebuilt on, orange needs further assessment after the earthquakes on the 13th, and white means they are still being assessed [these areas are generally the hill areas where there were landslides and stuff].
I am in the orange zone [as are my parents].
Which means i am no closer to knowing what'll happen, than I was this time yesterday. I had a feeling this would happen, because the EQC [earthquake commission] have been trawling my street and area for the last 3 days - what it hopefully means is that we're close to an answer. Numerous streets all around me have been red zoned, so in all honesty, I will be very surprised if we aren't red zoned. WE don't have a lot of land damage, but it is all around us, and gets worth with each decent aftershock.
Those who do get red zoned, the crown/government have given them two options - they will buy their house and land, or they will buy the land and the houseowner can go through their insurance company regarding the house.... I think it's about all they could do really. So far there are 5,100 houses in the red zone, and 10,000 are in the orange zone. It probably doesn't sound like a lot of houses, but our population is only around 350,000, so really it is a fair chunk.
I don't wanna have to leave this area.... so hopefully if we are red zoned, I can find somewhere in the same area to live... just a little more south.. or west... My landlords would get a new house built for them, and I guess if it was in the right location I might stick with them...
It's good that a bunch of people now know where they stand, and hopefully they'll keep updating the list frequently... I think part of the problem is that when the EQC come to do their assessment, they do it and then leave - without a word to the homeowner/occupants... so you really have no idea if from a geological? standpoint your land IS bad, or if it just looks bad.. or if it is actually in bad condition when you think it looks okay...